New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium 2024


31 January 2024

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Wednesday 31 January – Friday 2 February 2024

Te Papa, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand

We are pleased to announce the second New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium (NZHS 2024) hosted by GNS Science. This international research symposium series is supported by the New Zealand Hydrogen Council.

NZHS 2024 is an international research symposium

We are bringing together the latest work supporting the development of a global hydrogen economy.

Themes this year will include the production, storage, distribution, and utilisation of green hydrogen as well as whole-of-system considerations and the techno- and socio-economic effects of our coming hydrogen economy.

Key Dates

24 July 2023 – Call for abstracts & registration opens

15 Dec 2023 – Abstract submission deadline

18 Dec 2023 – Author notification (complete)

19 Jan 2024 – Registration now closed.

  • Schedule - Updated 30 Jan 24

    Full programme available here


    Full printable (PDF) version available here (PDF, 775 KB)

    Wednesday 31January

    08:00 - Doors open and registrations

    08:45 - Please be seated

    08:50 - Powhiri (traditional welcome)

    09:00 - Opening and morning session 1

    09:55 - Morning tea

    10:20 - Morning session 2 

    12:05 - Group photo

    12:20 - Lunch

    13:25 - Industry and Commercialisation session

    15:10 - Afternoon Tea

    15:35 - Afternoon sessions

    17:20 - Closing

    Thursday 1 February

    08:30 - Morning session 1

    10:40 - Morning tea

    11:05 - Morning session 2

    12:55 - Lunch

    13:50 - Afternoon session 1

    16:00 - Poster session in Te Papa's Icon

    18:00 - Break

    18:45 - Pre-dinner drinks and canapes in Oceania

    19:30 - Conference dinner in Oceania

    Late - Close

    Friday 2 February

    09:00 - Morning session 1

    10:40 - Morning Tea

    11:05 - Morning session 2

    12:25 - Lunch

    13:20 - Afternoon session 

    15:30 - Afternoon tea

    15:30 - Site visits commence

  • Session themes & chairs

    Hydrogen production

    Including but not limited to: catalytic materials, electrochemistry, electrolyser analysis and design, bio-hydrogen, plasma methods, and natural hydrogen.

    Prof Geoff Waterhouse, Dr Aaron Marshall, Dr Suren Wijeyekoon, Dr Jingjing Liu

    Hydrogen storage and distribution

    Including but not limited to: ammonia, solid state materials, geological storage, liquid organic carriers, MOFs, embrittlement, and hydrogen distribution network.

    Dr Prasanth Gupta, Dr Luke Liu, Dr David Dempsey, Dr Fei Yang, Dr Ludmila Adam, Prof Nigel Lucas

    Hydrogen utilisation

    Including but not limited to: fuel cells, turbines and combustion engines, heavy vehicles, hydrogen-substituted industrial processes (including steel and ammonia production), and CO2 valorisation.

    Prof Chris Bumby, Dr Jim Hinkley, Mr Robert Holt, Dr Alex Yip

    Hydrogen energy systems

    Including but not limited to: grid connections, techno-economic models, and energy resilience.

    Dr Jannik Haas, Dr Rebecca Peer, Dr Selena Sheng, Dr Vedran Jovic, Prof Michael Jack

    Cross-cutting topics

    Including but not limited to: community projects, decarbonisation, social acceptance, new facilities, safety, sensors, and standards.

    Dr Kēpa Morgan, Dr Michelle J Cook, Dr Smrithi Talwar, Prof Sally Brooker

  • Speakers

    Download the complete Book of Abstracts here. (PDF, 1.2 MB)

    Plenary speakers

    Prof Rose Amal – ARC Laureate Fellow, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Solar Harvesting through Catalysis to Make Chemicals and Fuel

    Dr Brandon Wood – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
    Overview of the U.S. DOE Hydrogen Production and Storage Consortia: A Computational Perspective

    Dr Patrick Hartley – Mission Leader, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission, Australia

    Mr Ohira Eiji – Director General, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Group, NEDO, Japan

    Prof Ajayan Vinu – Director GICAN, The University of Newcastle, Australia
    Advanced Functional Nanoporous Materials for Clean Energy Technologies

    Prof Thomas Klassen – Director, Institute of Hydrogen Technology, Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon, Germany
    Hydrogen Storage: From Materials to Components

    Invited speakers

    Jacqui Sutton – Lochard Energy
    Advancing the Critical Role of Underground Hydrogen Storage in the Energy Transition

    Dr Robyn Manuel – Te Mana o Te Wai 
    Te Mana O Te Wai: Relevance to a Potential Hydrogen Industry for Aotearoa NZ

    Dr Abbi Virens – University of Otago
    Exploring energy futures through green hydrogen’s sociotechnical narrative 

    Dr Selena Sheng – University of Auckland 
    Optimising the Transition to Hydrogen Trucks: A Fleet Replacement Strategy for New Zealand

    Prof Lianzhou Wang  – The University of Queensland
    Nanomaterials for photoelectrochemical H2 Production

    Dr Noel Duffy – CSIRO
    Solar Technology and Hydrogen Production: Exploring the Frontiers of Science

    Prof Arnab Dutta – IIT Bombay
    Biomimetic catalyst design strategy for sustainable green H2 production

    Prof Douglas MacFarlane – Monash University
    Progress Towards the Ammonia - Hydrogen Economy

    Prof Wei Chen – Singapore H2 Centre
    Interface Controlled Nanocatalysis for Hydrogen Evolution

    Dr Hans-Christian Gils – DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems
    Future hydrogen infrastructures – a European perspective

  • Conference dinner

    Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, your registration fee includes drinks and a three-course meal at our Conference dinner.

    This will be held in the same venue as the symposium on the evening of Thursday 1 February. The dress code for the event will be smart-casual.

    We look forward to seeing you there for a great evening of networking and celebration.


  • Join us at NZHS 2024

    Meet us in Wellington

    We are delighted to invite you to be a part of the upcoming New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium 2024. This prestigious event brings together researchers, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines within the green hydrogen ecosystem.

    • Showcase your work: This is a remarkable opportunity to present your research findings, discoveries, and advancements to a diverse and engaged audience. Gain recognition for your work and receive valuable feedback from esteemed experts in your field.
    • Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals, forge new collaborations, and expand your professional network. Engage in insightful discussions and exchange ideas with peers, mentors, and potential collaborators from academia and industry.
    • Professional development: Enhance your knowledge and skills through attending inspiring keynote speeches and engaging panel discussions.

    Abstract registration is now closed, but you still have time to register.

    Register today(external link) and secure your spot at NZHS 2024. Embrace this unique opportunity to be part of an exceptional gathering of researchers, where knowledge is celebrated, connections are forged, and innovation thrives.

  • Committee

    Chair NZHS 2024

    John V Kennedy, GNS Science

    Deputy Chairs NZHS 2024

    Chris Bumby, Paihau-Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

    Michelle J Cook, GNS Science

    Robert Holt, Callaghan Innovation

    Local Organising Committee NZHS 2024

    Nick Kirkman, Event Coordinator

    Collin Quarrie, GNS Science

    Jim Hinkley, Victoria University of Wellington

    Kim McKelvey, Victoria University of Wellington

    Luke Liu, Victoria University of Wellington

    Prasanth Gupta, GNS Science

    Vedran Jovic, GNS Science

    NZHS Series Planning Committee

    Aaron Marshall, University of Canterbury

    Anna Garden, University of Otago

    Fei Yang, University of Waikato

    Geoff Waterhouse, The University of Auckland

    Jannik Haas, University of Canterbury

    John Kennedy, GNS Science

    Jonathan Kitchen, Massey University

    Jonathan Leaver, Unitec

    Kēpa Morgan, Mauri Model

    Linda Wright, NZ Hydrogen Council

    Ludmila Adam, The University of Auckland

    Luke Liu, Victoria University of Wellington

    Paul Bennett, Scion

    Rebecca Peer, University of Canterbury

    Robert Holt, Callaghan Innovation

    Sally Brooker, University of Otago

    Simon Kelly, Lincoln Agritech

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  • Our Wellington venue

    NZHS 2024 will be held in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington’s beautiful waterfront at the Oceania Events Centre (external link) inside Te Papa(external link) at the peak of summer.

    We hope our attendees enjoy both our excellent symposium, and the wide range of attractions, restaurants and natural beauty of the Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington harbour area.

    Wellington is famous for its culture, restaurants, cinemas, mountain biking, walking, craft beer, coffee and so much more.

    Consider using our accommodation partner's special discount rates to extend your stay in midsummer Wellington for a beautiful break in our vibrant capital city.

    Learn more about visiting Wellington here(external link).

  • Getting here

    For international visitors

    You can fly directly to Wellington (WLG) from Melbourne (MEL), Sydney (SYD), Brisbane (BNE), and Gold Coast (OOL).

    From other international airports you can fly into Auckland (AKL) or Christchurch (CHC) and then get a connecting flight to Wellington (WLG).

    For everyone

    From Wellington Airport, you can take the bus (AX route) to Courtenay Place, which is less than five minutes walk to Te Papa.

    The AX (Airport Flyer)(external link) route crosses Wellington downtown between the airport to the main Wellington bus and railway station, so is also useful to get to most of our accommodation options. There are also various Taxis, Hire Cars, and Uber options available from the airport.

    Visit Te Papa's website to find a range of ways to get to Te Papa(external link) once you have arrived in Wellington.


  • Visas

    All overseas visitors are required to have a valid passport.

    Many countries are covered by New Zealand's visa waiver scheme. Check if your passport is from a visa waiver country.(external link). Otherwise you may need a Visitor Visa or an Academic Visitor Visa.

    If you need any advice or help with visas, New Zealand Immigration(external link) is a great place to start.

    If you do need a Visa, it is recommended that you allow a minimum of three months to have your visa prepared by Immigration New Zealand or your nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate.

    Visa-waiver visitors

    It is recommended that everyone visit New Zealand Immigration(external link) to confirm their own circumstances, however most visitors originating from visa-waiver countries are simply required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)(external link) and make a payment towards the Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)(external link) prior to their travel.

    The process for obtaining the NZeTA and paying the IVL is straightforward and fast. There is an app available from New Zealand Immigration that makes the process even easier. 

    The total cost for both the NZeTA and the IVL ranges from NZ$52 to NZ$58.

  • Accommodation

    We have partnered with a variety of hotels around downtown Wellington to offer discounted rates for our delegates.

    The Cambridge Hotel

    The Cambridge Hotel offers great value accomodation in the heart of Wellington. A great option for Students. Featuring hotel and backpacker style accomodation to cover all budgets and needs.

    The Cambridge Hotel offers our delegates a 10% discount off direct booking rates and a 10% discount in the bar/restaurant with the promo code: HYDRO

    Address: 28 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington(external link)

    The Cambridge Hotel(external link)

    Oaks Wellington Hotel

    Click here to access special rates.(external link)

    Oaks Hotel offers modern 4.5 star accommodation in the heart of Wellington’s entertainment precinct.

    Boasting spectacular views and just a short walk to Te Papa. 

    The hotel features a range of convenient amenities including an Oak & Vine restaurant and bar, meeting facilities, car parking and a gym.

    Address: 89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington(external link)
    Hotel Reception: +64 4 801 0390

    Sojourn Apartment Hotel – Ghuznee

    Click here to access special rates.(external link)

    Address: 75 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington(external link)

    Stay dates: 28/01/24 – 03/02/24, booking availability dates: 25/07/23 – 31/12/23
    Room types available: Petite Double Studio, Petite Queen Studio, Deluxe King Studio, 2 Bedroom Apartment

    Sojourn Apartment Hotel – Riddiford

    Click here to access special rates.(external link)

    Address: 22 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington(external link)

    Stay Dates: 28/01/24 – 03/02/24, booking availability dates: 25/07/23 – 31/12/23
    Room types available: Petite Double Studio, Petite Queen Studio, Deluxe King Studio, 2 Bedroom Apartment

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